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Injury ravaged United face a daunting task in Paris

Last updated: March 5, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Wednesday, 20:00
Venue: Park des Princes
Coverage: BT Sports
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Last Meeting: Man U 0 – 2 PSG
Competition: UCL

The Champions League second legs kick-off this week and Manchester United will require a herculean effort to make it through to the next stage. The Red Devils lost the first leg at home 2-0 and have an almost endless injury list, with numerous key first team players unable to feature.

PSG themselves will be without Neymark and Cavani. Those two were also absent for the first leg, but that didn’t seem to bother PSG, who were the better side in Manchester and scored two valuable away goals. That gives them a massive advantage coming into this game, along with playing at home. Paris are in good form and are close to securing Ligue 1 yet again despite being only 2/3 through the season. They have won their last five and are huge favouites to go through here. It would have to be a massive slip up for them to fail.

United really have it all against them tonight. The injury list makes for horrific reading, with an almost entire first-team eleven out through injury. Paul Pogba will also be unavailable, but due to suspension. After a frustrating night, Pogba was redcarded for a late tackle in the final minutes of the first leg. He is in great form and will be a huge miss, so United will look to Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku, the latter of which is in great goal scoring form. However, the PSG threat is huge, with wonderkid Mbappe the dangerman. Dealing with his speed and movement proved too much in the first leg, and perhaps will again, with United’s makeshift defence facing a potentially tough task.


Team News

PSG are without Neymar and most likely Cavani, although they didn’t seem to miss either in the first leg of this clash.

Thomas Meunier has been absent with a head injury recently, but is expected to return here.

United’s injury list is endless. Lingard and Martial will be the biggest misses, along with Matic in midfield.

Paul Pogba will also be absent, with the midfielder suspended after being sent off in the dying minutes of the first leg.


Expected Line-Ups:

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PSG (4-3-3): Areola, Meunier, Marquinhos, Kehrer, Kurzawa, Nkunku, Alves, Parades, Diaby, Mbappé, Di María
Subs: Buffon, Kimpembe, Verratti, Bernat, Chopo-Moting, Draxler, Dagba
Injured: Neyar, Cavani
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Man Utd(4-3-3): de Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelöf, Shaw, Peireira, Fred, McTominay, Dalot, Rashford, Lukaku
Subs: Bailly, Grant, Rojo, Gomes, Chong, Garner
Injured: Sánchez, Lingard, Martial, Valencia, Herrera, Mata, Matic
Doubtful: Jones, Darmian
Not available: Pogba

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
12/02/2019 UCL Man Utd 0 – 2 PSG Kimpembe 52’
30/07/2015 Friendly Man Utd 0 – 2 PSG Matuidi 25’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

There is no doubt about which team is favourite here. PSG have home advantage, are two goals up, and are playing against a United team ravaged by injury. United have been so strong domestically under Solksjaker, but even with a fully fit team, PSG proved they still have some way to go in the first leg. It would be a miracle if United go through, and we think they will struggle.

With that in mind, we’ll be going for a solid PSG performance, with a PSG win and both teams to score no, which you can get at Betway.